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More than 300 fans showed up at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Coral Ballroom on Thursday night to celebrate the historic 2015-16 season for the University of Hawai’i basketball team.

More details will be posted later. Here is the official announcement from www.hawaiiathletics.com

HONOLULU – The University of Hawai‘i men’s basketball team held its annual awards banquet, Thursday night at the Hilton Hawaiian Hotel, celebrating one of the best seasons in program history.

The event featured speeches and several tear-jerking highlight videos, which chronicled the teams’ historic run in the postseason – winning the Big West Conference Tournament in Anaheim, Calif., and posting the program’s first-ever victory in the NCAA Tournament with a win over California in a first round game in Spokane, Wash.

Head coach Eran Ganot and the coaching staff handed out several awards, including newly created awards – the Bob Nash Hustle Award, which was presented to junior forward Michael Thomas and the Riley Wallace Leadership Award, which went to senior guard Quincy Smith. Thomas and Smith were the only two ’Bows to start all 34 games this season. Thomas recently announced he would return for this senior year in 2016-17 after finishing his junior season with averages of 7.9 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Smith, who also received the team’s Most Improved Award, averaged 8.1 points, 2.5 assists, 3.2 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game. He finished his career with 126 steals, ninth best in program history.

The Art Woolaway Most Outstanding Player Award was shared by junior forward Stefan Jankovic and senior guard Roderick Bobbitt. Jankovic, who earlier announced his intention to declare for the NBA Draft, was an honorable mention Associated Press All-American and the Big West’s Player of the Year. The Mississauga, Ontario native led the team in points (15.6), rebounds (6.6), field goal percentage (54.3) and blocked shots (40). Bobbitt, a two-year starter at point guard, was a first-team all-Big West selection and second-team NABC all-District 9 honoree. The Oakland, Calif., native finished his career as the program’s all-time leader in steals (125) and became the first player in Big West history to lead the league in both steals and assists in consecutive seasons.

Sophomore guard Niko Filipovich received the Community Service Award while senior forward Sai Tummala earned the team’s Scholar-Athlete Award. The Ah Chew Goo Most Inspirational Award went to the UH bench, nicknamed “Hawaii 5-O,” which made a name for themselves for their choreographed cheers.

2015-16 Award Winners

Community Service Award: Niko Filipovich

Scholar-Athlete Award: Sai Tummala

Bob Nash Hustle Award: Michael Thomas

Riley Wallace Leadership Award: Quincy Smith

Ah Chew Goo Most Inspirational Award: Hawaii 5-0

Most Improved Award: Quincy Smith

Art Woolaway Most Outstanding Player Award: Stefan Jankovic & Roderick Bobbitt

8 Comments

  1. Wonder why Q didn’t get the hustle award. He deserved it and Q and MT could have switched awards I think. Nice to see the guys for one last time before they all go their own ways. Magical season. I been down on SD but hope he works hard and gets the most improved next year. Most of all think the food at Sheraton was much much better…lol…

  2. Jack Purchase (at our table, since he could improve so much under this staff while red shirting, asked to describe his game) said I can shoot a lot of threes from real range, but would rather get 10 assists than 20 points; mostly playing 3, 4….

    My comment: his passing and shooting could be a deadly combo with Mike Thomas and a few good new bigs…

    Good that Raimo can ‘play big’ for his size and can bang inside….this staff notably good at creating good rebounding…
    Noted tonight that they improved year over year from ninth in Big West rebounding to First this season, AND #6 Nationally in defense…

    2-3 more bigs should provide numbers/ depth moreso than this past season;
    Likely with skills, talent And Work Ethic…

  3. Bob Nash Hustle Award: Nice !
    Riley Wallace Leadership Award: Nice !
    Congrats to ALL, and Congrats on a great season !

    Let’s do it again ! Go Bows !

  4. Congrats to all the players and coaches for a stellar season! Looking forward to Bows basketball next season!

  5. I like the awards that are paying homage to past players and coaches who did a lot for the program.

  6. Just curious, did all the players show up at the banquet?

  7. Bobbitt, Valdes, & Jankovic. No show.

  8. Postseason banquet is a great opportunity to showcase the program to recruits, but so far no mention if any were in attendance.

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